John's Beekeeping Notebook
A Taste of
American Beekeeping History - Page 4
and electric uncapping knives appeared around the turn of 1900. The steam or
electricity kept the knife warm, allowing it to easily cut through beeswax. Before
heated knives, beekeepers often used several knives, using one while another was being
The upcapping table at right (1913) used a burner below to melt the cappings and separate the wax and honey. It also had a warming pan to heat the knives (far right).
Small-scale honey extractors haven't changed much during the past 100 years. The centrifugal extractor was invented in 1865 by an Austrian, Major Hruschka.
The one-frame pull-cord design (at right) was a clever idea. Bohn's extractor used an early radial design.
The radial extractor, where both sides of frames are extracted at the same time, was a time-saving invention. The early radial extractor at right appears in a book dated 1895.
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